How I Found My Inner Strength: About Me and My Journey

podcast Jul 14, 2022

Welcome to the Strong Feels Good Podcast! This project has been something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so excited to finally get started.


In episode 1, I’m going to dive into my story so you can learn a little more about me. From my childhood in New Jersey, where I was bullied in school for my muscle definition (they called me “Mangela”) and covered up my arms even when it was hot, to my career as a competitive gymnast and the gymnastics coach who believed in me and helped me emotionally handle my parents’ divorce and family struggles at home.

From there, I share my experience in college as a biochemistry major and a collegiate gymnast (and an embarrassing story of my first ever collegiate gymnastics meet), during which I experienced my first devastating injury: an ACL tear. After I graduated from college and retired from gymnastics, despite a long career as an athlete, I had NO IDEA what to do next or what to do in a gym. Suddenly I found my next athletic endeavor: professional fitness competitions and American Ninja Warrior! 

Finally, I tell the story of why I quit my cushy biochemistry job to become a personal trainer and open my business, achieving my dream of being a magazine covergirl, and all the ups and downs and everything in between. 

I knew I was always meant for something. I knew that people needed to hear me and that I had so much to offer, but I didn’t know how. It turns out, all it took was a couple people who believed in me so that I could learn to believe in myself. Whether it’s the dark places I found myself in, my injuries and recovery, or my professional career pivots, I hope you find something in my story you can relate to.

Remember, strong doesn’t just look good, strong feels DAMN good.



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Music Credit:

In and out of Love (Tigerblood Jewel Remix) (Instrumental Version)

By The Eastern Plain feat. Tigerblood Jewel


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